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Laura is an Edinburgh based Lighting Designer and relighter. 


After graduating from Rose Bruford College with a BA(Hons) in Lighting Design, Laura worked as a resident technical manager for several venues before becoming a freelancer in 2010 and after touring extensively is now specialising in Lighting Design


Recent design credits include: The Steamie (Dundee Rep Theatre) Truth's a Dog Must to Kennel, Summer on Stage, Seven Against Edinburgh (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh) Awaken (Cheryl Prince) Bill McLaren: Fighting the Enemy (Firebrand Theatre Company) By A Thread (Kat and Dawg Productions) Clybourne Park (Rapture Theatre Company) and several designs for The Brunton's annual pantomime. 

Laura is an Associate Lighting Tutor for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and is a Mental Health First Aider

Laura is also a member of the ALPD 


'A production powerfully directed by Gerda Stevenson.. and beautifully designed by Jessica Brettle... all perfectly lit by Laura Hawkins'

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman on Thora

'The lighting, by Laura Hawkins was particularly effective, subtly changing the atmosphere as the story unfolded'

Mike Robertson, The Orkney News on Thora

'It’s all roped together with Laura Hawkins’ rather splendid lighting that enhances everything'

Dominic Corr, Corr Blimey on Two in a Barrel


'The creative team behind the production help to emphasise that the Multiverse is a place of joy and colour, particularly through the vivid costumes and set .. and Laura Hawkins’ excellent lighting'

Allan Wilson, All Edinburgh Theatre on The Multiverse is Gay

'Laura Hawkin’s lighting is a trip – in every sense of the word. Playful, and atmospheric, but still serving a purpose, the Multiverse has rarely looked so appealing'

Dominic Corr, Corr Blimey on The Multiverse is Gay

'There's a fizz of steam in the air illuminated by Laura Hawkins' soft lighting'

David Pollock, The Stage on The Steamie

'Similarly, the brilliance of Laura Hawkins’s lighting design lies in the fact that there doesn’t appear to be any'

Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre on Truth's A Dog Must To Kennel

'Gorgeous lighting designs by Laura Hawkins further augment the show’s uncanny beauty'

Allan Radcliffe, The Times on Lady Macbeth, Unsex Me Here.


'Beautifully lit by Laura Hawkins'

Thom Dibdin, All Edinburgh Theatre on Torn


'Morton is a compelling performer, while director and design consultant Shona Reppe and lighting designer Laura Hawkins work together to evoke a memorably wrecked domestic environment, full of transient comforts and huge emotional hazards'

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman on Torn

'Bring(s) superb lighting effects to accompany the expert mime and clowning in this interpretation'

Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide on Smokies

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